Wright County Board Minutes

JUNE 23, 2009
The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Sawatzke, Mattson, Russek, Eichelberg and Thelen present.
Russek moved to approve the 6-16-09 County Board Minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Eichelberg and carried 4-0 (Thelen absent).
Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Consent Agenda Item B2, “Claim, Custom Blinds & Draperies, $1,092.80, Block Out Shade System, Jail Master Control Area” (Norman); Aud./Treas. Item #3, “Rescind Resolution #09-27 RE: Tax Forfeit Sale” (Hiivala); Aud./Treas. Item #4, “Approve Revised Resolution RE: Tax Forfeit Sale” (Hiivala); Parks Administrator Item #3, “Meeting With Suttons To Discuss Land Purchase For Parks” (Russek). Eichelberg moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Thelen. Mattson referenced the claim payable to Custom Blinds & Draperies. He questioned whether the Owner’s Committee should meet to discuss and make a recommendation on such purchases. Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated that the last time the Owner’s Committee met it was decided that claims relating to the Jail project should be forwarded directly to the County Board for approval. The motion carried 5-0.
Sawatzke requested that Consent Agenda Item B1, “Sheriff, Claim, Intereum, $262.13, Jail/LEC Construction Contingency Funds” be pulled for discussion. Russek moved to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of Item B1. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0:
1. Performance Appraisals: L. Dixon, S. McCauley, Atty.; D. Maurer, Aud.; P. Czech, Bldg. Maint.; S. Bjore, H. Gerads, M. Laurent, W. Locke, Sheriff.
2. Refer Discussion Of PERA’s Phased Retirement Option To The Personnel Committee.
3. Refer Off-Street Parking Assignments To The Building Committee.
Consent Agenda Item B1, “Sheriff, Claim, Intereum, $262.13, Jail/LEC Construction Contingency Funds” was discussed. Sawatzke said historically the County has not paid interest or late fees on claims. By the documentation provided, it appears that the Jail did not receive the bill (dated 5-18-09) until 6-15-09 so the bill will not be paid on time. Sawatzke suggested that the County remit payment of $258.26 instead of $262.13 which includes a service charge. Thelen moved to pay the claim to Intereum in the amount of $258.26, seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.
Bob Hiivala, Auditor/Treasurer, presented the 6-15-09 Wright County Board of Equalization Minutes for approval. Eichelberg moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Thelen, carried unanimously.
At their last meeting, the County Board adopted Resolution #09-27 which established a sale date for the public sale of tax forfeit properties. At today’s meeting, Hiivala explained that a change is required to the resolution language. Therefore, the request is for the Board to rescind Resolution #09-27 and adopt a new resolution which includes the corrected language. Russek moved to rescind Resolution #09-27, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote. Hiivala presented the replacement resolution and explained that the language change includes amending Item #2 to read in part, “That all sales shall be by full payment of the purchase price and any fees and costs; and”. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #09-29, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.
The claims listing was reviewed. Mattson referenced Pages 9 and 10 which reflect claims paid out of the Sheriff Corrections Professional Services line item. He questioned whether the claims should instead be coded to the General Revenue Professional Services line item. Norman said the claim on Page 10, Martin Mcallisters Consulting, $1,200.00, relates to psychological examinations for candidates applying for positions within the Jail (employee related). Hiivala said the claim on Page 9, Consulting Radiologists Ltd. ($31.00) is for an employee. Sawatzke referenced the Corrections Professional Services line item in the budget, set at $36,000. According to the budget, the intended expenditures for this line item include employment physicals, psychological evaluations for prospective employees, interpreter services, written tests, educational tools for inmates, Wolf Protection, software licenses, computer support, etc. Russek referenced a claim to Grainger, $1,140.13, Building Care & Maintenance, for miscellaneous belts at the Jail/LEC. He questioned whether someone is verifying whether repairs being made could be under warranty since it is a new building. Norman said the Jail/LEC Building Care & Maintenance Supervisor watches closely as to whether something is covered under warranty. Hiivala said the purchase is for 29 belts of various sizes for preventive maintenance. Russek moved to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit. The motion was seconded by Thelen and carried 5-0.
Greg Kramber, Assessor, presented information on the 2009 State Board of Appeal and Equalization held in St. Paul on 6-11-09. Wright County received no changes for the seventh consecutive year. He commended staff and local assessors. He elaborated that assessments have been tough most recently due to the changes with Green Acres and general taxation due to Legislative changes. It has been more difficult for property owners to understand the impacts with a declining market. Large reductions have been made for the 2009 assessment. Over the next 1.5 years, staff from Wright County will work on defending 100 active tax court petitions. Kramber will provide information on the tax court petitions to the County Board.
Marc Mattice, Parks Administrator, requested the Board authorize signatures on a letter of support for a grant that will be submitted by the City of Monticello to the Metro Greenway Program for the Bertram Chain of Lakes Project. Mattice said the City passed a letter of support at their meeting last evening. Last year, Mattice (on behalf of the County) applied for and received grant funding for the same project. The letter presented today is supporting documentation to the grant that the two entities are partners in the project. Sawatzke requested that Mattice confirm the City is submitting the grant application. Thelen moved to authorize signatures on the letter of support, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0.
Russek and Mattice recently met with property owners to discuss the acquisition of 160 acres for park land south of Delano on CR 17. The Sutton family would like to see the property preserved. It is a natural, 40 acre woods, with hardwood timber and tillable land. A selling price has not been established. Russek asked for Board direction on whether to proceed with possible acquisition, including application for grant funding. The grant application would require an appraisal. The property owners were informed of the process the County must follow to establish a price and apply for grant funding. They were informed of deed restrictions and uses as far as a regional park. If the family decides to sell the property to the County, the process would involve an appraisal (performed by an appraiser approved by both sides), review by the Negotiation Committee, and a grant application (January-February). Sawatzke questioned whether the County Assessors Office could perform the appraisal in an effort to reduce associated costs. Russek explained that hiring an independent appraiser approved by both sides could prevent conflict. Otherwise, the seller could appeal to obtain their own appraisal and the County may be expected to pay. This sometimes occurs in the Highway Department. Sawatzke felt this situation may be different, as a condemnation may be involved through the Highway Department. Russek said the property owners are very interested in selling the property to the County as they want it preserved. Grant funding will guarantee it will be preserved. Mattice plans to schedule a Parks tour in late August after summer projects have been completed. This area could be included as part of the Tour. Mattson referenced the process and his concern of having a Parks Board member, who the County purchased land from previously, involved with price negotiations for this park land. He said the County Attorney’s Office has indicated it was not a conflict of interest to purchase land from a Parks Board member. Mattice clarified that members of the Parks Commission are not involved in the negotiations for parks property. The funding sources for this project could include Clean Land & Water Legacy Amendment, DNR Regional Parks, LCCMR, LAWCON, and Park Dedication Funds in Franklin Township. Sawatzke said the Assessor’s Office should complete an appraisal. The appraisal can be shared with the Suttons. If the property is offered to the County, the purchase should be brought back to the County Board for direction.
There will be no Owner’s Committee Meeting today.
AMC will be hosting a Leadership Development Summit, 8/12/09-8/14/09, at Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge. Eichelberg moved to authorize attendance, seconded by Thelen. Thelen questioned whether budget sessions will be held that week. Norman indicated they would not. The County Fair and the Workforce Center Annual Meeting are also being held during this time period. The motion carried 5-0.
Norman presented information on the proposed County unallotments for 2009 and 2010. Wright County was scheduled to receive County Program Aid in the amount of $4,268,057. The unallotment for 2009 is $593,177. The unallotment for 2010 is $1,204,329. Part of the Governor’s budget cuts include some program specific areas that the County will need to analyze, especially in the area of Human Services. Norman plans to contact Don Mleziva, Human Services Director, to ask for a report on how this will impact the Human Services budget. Sawatzke questioned whether that will include the $326 million reduced from the State Human Services budget. Norman said it does and that it will have to be analyzed in lieu of Federal Stimulus monies in those programs as well. Norman said that at some point, the Board may want to schedule a Budget Committee Of The Whole Meeting, but suggested delaying that type of action until a report is received from the Human Services Director. Norman said proposed budgets are due from departments on 7-09-09. The Human Services budget is preliminary and subject to modification throughout the budget process, dependent on what State and Federal information has been received. This was provided as an informational item.
Information was received from the Minnesota Historical Society on the Fall 2009 Grants Cycle: State Capital Projects Grants. Norman said grant opportunities are available for historic preservation. The Grant Pre-Application Deadline is 7-24-09. Mattson informed the Board of his attempts to designate the Marysville Township Hall, which is part of the County Parks System, as a historical site on the National Historic Register. Estimated cost is about $5,000. He has learned that a professional must be hired to provide a report. Mattson has worked with the STS crew to have the building scraped and painted during this past year. Norman said the grants through the Minnesota Historical Society are of a capital nature. Mattson said he contacted the County’s Historical Society and they provided him with contact information for adding this site to the Historic Register. Sawatzke suggested that the Humphrey family may want to contribute to this cause. It was the consensus that Norman should forward the information on the State Capital Projects Grant to the Historical Society.
Russek said that as part of the KRWC radio show last week, Lee Kelly, Special Projects Administrator, provided a report on the energy savings stimulus package. He commended Kelly for the terrific job in presenting the information and extended thanks to him for doing so.
Bills Approved
Allina Medical Laboratories. $388.30
Ameripride Linen and Apparel 180.80
Ancom Technical Center 274.88
City Annandale 689.00
Anoka County Corrections 7,350.00
Anoka County Sheriff 7,993.91
Joe Backes 294.80
Boyer Truck Parts 621.39
Buff ‘N’ Glo Inc. 140.00
Buffalo Hospital 398.30
CDW Government Inc. 9,117.00
Center Point Energy 889.18
Central MN Mental Health Cen. 300.00
City Cokato 400.00
Consolidated Container Corp 3,094.37
Construction Services Diversi 284.89
Contech Construction Product 425.89
Country Chevrolet 38,600.00
CPS Technology Solutions 262.00
Cub Pharmacy 2,106.82
Eagle Point 2,887.05
Farm Plan 195.57
Dennis Fehn Gravel & Exc 36,541.75
Forestry Suppliers Inc. 354.24
Frontier Precision Inc. 193.19
Gopher State One Call 141.65
David Grack 150.00
Grainger 1,140.13
Granite Electronics 8,606.73
Greenview Inc. 13,624.55
Hardings Towing Inc. 133.13
Highway Technologies Inc. 238.45
Hillyard Inc. - Minneapolis 943.12
Hobart Corporation 225.00
Home Solutions 852.00
Interstate Battery Systems 140.45
Knife River Corporation - Nor 1,516.29
Ruth Kremer 104.00
Lake Region Coop Oil 129.89
LaPlant Demo Inc. 1,100.47
Lawson Products Inc. 264.50
LexisNexis 116.00
Carol Lostetter 100.00
M-R Sign Company Inc. 592.58
Marco Inc. 420.57
Martin-McAllisters Consulting 1,600.00
Mathiowetz Construction 110,647.84
Menards - Buffalo 178.46
Ron Michaels Consulting Inc. 1,425.30
Mid-Minnesota Hot Mix Inc. 50,597.25
Mini Biff LLC 130.66
MN Assn. of Assessing Officers 750.00
MN Chemical Company 671.15
MN Elevator Inc. 9,245.26
Monticello Township 2,513.45
City Montrose 537.25
Morries Parts & Serv. Group 4,111.40
Multi Health Systems Inc. 242.00
Margaret Munson 266.20
Nebs Inc. 198.72
Nuss Truck & Equipment 1,875.41
Office Depot 3,406.41
Olson & Sons Electric 207.00
Public Safety Printing Service 106.50
Qwest 793.80
Frank Ramacciotti 100.00
Reed Business Information 361.62
Rhodes Lock & Glass 187.19
Roof Spec. Inc. 4,300.00
Royal Tire Inc. 524.49
Russell Security Resource Inc. 311.72
Ryan Chevrolet 854.97
Scharber & Sons Inc. 1,575.75
Sherburne County Sheriff 1,705.00
Software House International 6,879.90
Specialty Turf & Ag 209.81
Spectrum Solutions 814.75
State of MN-Office Enterprise 1,335.00
Stockholm Township 150.50
Subway-Annandale 100.00
Total Printing 497.67
Transoft Solutions Inc. 395.00
Tammi Vaith 536.46
Vance Brothers Inc. 2,154.87
Verizon Wireless 825.13
Watchguard Elect. Home Mon 532.00
Water Boy 257.50
West Metro Buick-Pontiac-GMC 115.71
Western Waterproofing Co. Inc. 9,550.00
Westside Equipment 463.50
Woodland Township 931.75
Wright Co. Highway Dept. 3,374.63
Wright Henn. Coop Elec. Assn. 790.13
Wright Hennepin Electric 663.88
Zack’s Inc. 952.37
Zarnoth Brush Works Inc. 1,162.98
Zee Service Company 156.42
Ziegler Inc. 4,708.42
37 Payments less than $100 1,678.96
Final total $383,184.98
The meeting adjourned at 9:47 A.M
Published in the Herald Journal July 13, 2009.

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